Team USA snowboarder Shaun White did not have the competition he was hoping for in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Looking to become the first U.S. man to win gold in the same event in back-to-back-to-back Olympics when he dropped into the halfpipe finals, White instead finished fourth and off the medal podium altogether.
He tells “Today” that he’s disappointed, but it’s not the end of the world.
thought about it plenty of times, just countless, running it through my
head what I could have done. I’m happy, though. I move on
from here. I don’t think it makes or breaks my career this one night,
but definitely a disappointment,” says White, adding that he’s “learned a lot” from it, even though it was a “tough night for everyone,” referring to the less-than-stellar finishes by his fellow U.S. snowboarders Danny Davis and Greg Bretz.
However, this might not be the last we’ve seen of White in the Winter Olympics. When Matt Lauer asks him if he would consider coming back for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018, White teases, “I think so,” to wild applause from the crowd. White says to his fans, “I need everybody now more than ever so, yeah, thank you guys.”